WIC forums highlight woodworking challenges and opportunitiesMARCO ISLAND, FL -- A trio of interactive panel discussions featuring thought leaders of the cabinet and architectural woodwork industries will be held at the Woodworking Industry Conference in Marco Island, FL.

Rich Christianson, associate publisher and editor at large of Woodworking Network, will moderate the Furniture Forum.

Each of the forums is designed to shed light on what top woodworking companies are doing to improve their manufacturing processes, including breaking production bottlenecks.

The WIC, will bring together members of the Wood Machinery Manufacturers of America (WMMA), Woodworking Machinery Industry Assn. (WMIA), Association of Woodworking and Furnishings Suppliers (AWFS), National Building Material Distributors Association (NBMDA) and Wood Component Manufacturers Assn. (WCMA), May 4-6 at the Marco Island Marriott Beach & Spa.
“This is the ideal opportunity for getting a true handle on where our industry is right now and where it’s going,” said Mark Chappell, president of the WMMA. “There’s no substitute for face-to-face communication and networking with our peers and customers. And that’s what WIC is all about.”

Wood Manufacturing Forum Schedule
Cabinet Forum – 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. May 5 
Moderator: Steve Lawser, executive director of the Wood Component Manufacturers Association
Panel: Chris Watson, Conestoga Wood Specialties; Stanley Tidwell, Texas Doors/Woodmont; Jim Senn, Bertch Cabinet Mfg.; and Cathy Blankenship, Drawer Box Specialties

Millwork Forum - 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. May 6
Moderator: Steve Lawser
Panelists: Dick Pyle, Northland Forest Products; Keith Atherholt, Lewis Lumber Products; Bill Collins, Holt & Bugbee; and Barry Freiburger, George Guenzler & Sons

 WIC forums highlight woodworking challenges and opportunities
Rich Christianson

Furniture Forum - 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. May 6
Moderator: Rich Christianson, Woodworking Network
Panelists: Reggie Propst, Kincaid Furniture; Tim McIntrye, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers; Art Raymond, Hooker Furniture; and Mark Burzynski, Copeland Furniture

Learn more about the WIC.

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